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March 2012 Key Club magazine

Service in the sun, cont.

Service knows no season
Like a growing number of Key Clubs, the Henry Sibley High School Key Club in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, volunteers on a year-round schedule. The 25-member club might be small, but its impact in the community is huge in the fall, winter, spring—and summer! 

The club’s motto is “Service knows no season.” While most of the club’s community service is done during the school year—with projects such as Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, an overnight poverty simulation and goodie bags for Teacher Appreciation Day—it doesn’t stop there. 

“During the summer, we still conduct service projects—helping Relay for Life, helping out our sponsoring Kiwanis club at the West St. Paul Car Show and doing other chores with the Kiwanis club. But our attention is on planning for the upcoming school year,” says Faculty Advisor Mary Townsend. 

The club conducts weekly meetings during the summer in coffeeshops, and the sessions are as much fun as they are business. 

“The advantages of meeting over the summer to plan the school year are that the club is more organized when school begins and we can do membership drives from the first day of school,” Townsend says. 

Nipping and tucking the landscape   

“The best reward for our members is...a great sense of satisfaction out of just being active.”
Justin Spear, advisor, Key Club of Utica Academy 

Sterling-Fest at Dodge Park wouldn’t be a perennial hit without the Key Club of Utica Academy for International Studies

About two weeks prior to the annual summer event, thrown by the city of Sterling Heights, Michigan, Faculty Advisor Justin Spear rounds up a couple dozen club members to join him in the park for a major cleanup project. 

“Our state’s cuts to local budgets left the park without beautification funds, so our club had to step in,” Spear says. “We do try to give back to people in our community as much as possible.” 

Volunteering outside in the summer can be challenging. The Utica Academy Key Club had to beat the summer heat, which sometimes hit 95 degrees. A cooler of ice-cold drinks was always nearby. And there was time to rest and chow down on barbecue after the cleanup project was done. 

Despite the heat, Spear says the project was worth it. “The best reward for our members, honestly, is intrinsic,” he says. “They get a great sense of satisfaction out of just being active.” KC